Quick Takes

By Dan Froomkin
1:45 PM ET, 05/14/2009

Shailagh Murray writes in The Washington Post: "President Obama told senators at a White House meeting yesterday that he would review names of potential Supreme Court nominees over the weekend, leading participants to believe an announcement could come within days, according to senior Senate aides who were briefed on the gathering."

CBS News reports: "As President Obama prepares to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter, most Americans are confident the president will pick a good nominee, a new CBS News poll shows."

Reuters reports: "Obama and Democratic leaders on Wednesday said they would like to steer a comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system through the House of Representatives by the end of July."

Michael Scherer writes for Time: "Obama's real challenge comes from within his own party. With increasing frequency, Democrats have been scratching away at the promises Obama made during his campaign, watering down reforms, removing possible revenue sources and protecting key constituencies."

Stephen Labaton and Jackie Calmes write in the New York Times: "In its first detailed effort to overhaul financial regulations, the Obama administration on Wednesday sought new authority over the complex financial instruments, known as derivatives, that were a major cause of the financial crisis and have gone largely unregulated for decades."

The Washington Post's Ceci Connolly profiles White House health czar Nancy-Ann DeParle on whose "petite shoulders rests the administration's top domestic policy goal: to cover millions of uninsured Americans, improve care nationwide and control skyrocketing medical bills that are devouring personal, corporate and government budgets."

There was a lot of important White House news yesterday. But Bernie Becker chronicles the highlight of yesterday's press briefing for the New York Times: "Two members of the White House press corps forgot to switch their cellphones to 'vibrate' during the Wednesday afternoon press briefing, driving press secretary Robert Gibbs back and forth between amusement and annoyance."

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